Textron Reviews

Updated September 2, 2015
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Textron Chairman, President and CEO Scott C. Donnelly
Scott C. Donnelly
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Pros
  • Company offers reasonable work-life balance and time-off policies (in 5 reviews)

  • Good company overall with some opportunity for improvement (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • upper management not clear with direction of India operations (in 3 reviews)

  • The last few years they went into a continuing cycle of downsizing and layoffs, which caused a lot of talented employees to quit (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Great Company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Very friendly and willing to help you with anything,

    Cons

    Not any cons. The work was interesting and once again the people were very friendly and willing to help you with anything,


  2. Helpful (1)

    Slow-moving, entrenched industry

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Textron full-time

    Pros

    Decent benefits and interesting projects that could potentially be useful to many customers. People are nice for the most part despite being a relatively old workforce.

    Cons

    Pay is low for new employees with no work experience. Workforce is old to a point where the generational gap causes problems. There is no bridge between baby boomers/gen X and millennials. These two groups are having a hard time working together in a rapidly-changing technological field. Older employees are skeptical of younger employees' skills, while older employees' entrenchment is hampering efficiency.

    Advice to Management

    Hopefully advancement for new employees will happen quickly as older employees retire in waves. There is a lot of potential in the international markets, but you've got to be proactive in training future leadership. Don't waste money on lock-step compensation. Pay well for new talent when you find it.


  3. Senior Buyer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Buyer/Planner in Williamsport, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Buyer/Planner in Williamsport, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Textron full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Job duties and responsibilities I enjoy. Hours very accommodating for my schedule; people are great.

    Cons

    The management skills of some of the leaders are lacking...no development given or offered.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your employees and develop them according to their capabilities.


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  5. Supervisor

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Textron full-time

    Pros

    Stable company with lots of team operations, good employees driven to work and produce good product

    Cons

    once you can get in the company, if you are stuck on an off shift it is almost impossible to get off of it

    Advice to Management

    move away from the concept of a nonunion company with union mentality.... time at company matters more than performance


  6. LDP (Engineering Leadership Development Program)

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Textron full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to live in different parts of the country.

    Cons

    Terms of employment: *You can not leave the program without getting fined, heavily. When you're first hired on you sign a repayment agreement stating that you will pay back your relocation package if you leave within a year. What's impossible to know at the time of signing is that this agreement is strategically designed to lock you in the company for no less than 4 years. Each year you will have to sign the same repayment agreement but the catch is Textron will make you sign the next year's before the prior one expires. With textron reserving the right to terminate your employment without reason or warning while still holding you accountable to the one year repayment period, you have to come up with a pretty good excuse for why you don't want to sign the next one. The only way to escape the overlapping agreements would be to either delay signing or to take the package and give it back immediately. Although this will soften your fine for quitting, it will not eradicate it entirely. Textron will make tax payments on your relocation after you receive your package, but these payments are differed. In the end if you decided that this job or company isn't right for you, at the very least you will be fined a few thousand dollars and at the worst a not so few thousand dollars. Work: As for the work itself, Textron is a slow moving company. You're effectively a year long intern. Textron is comprised mostly of long term projects. From my experience management typically doesn't want to give much responsibility to a recent grad on a project due to the fact that they're multi year long and the ldp we be gone in one. Most of my time at textron i had nothing to do with some occasional grunt work. Culture: Textron's companies are predominantly in aerospace and defense. These industries are notoriously volatile and a down market can cause considerable amount of pressure on a company's bottom line. During my time at textron every company I've been at has experienced significant reductions in headcount. This leaves the rest of the employees perpetually in fear of their jobs. People get very defensive if you try and take on work "owned" by someone else. All in all, its a pretty grim place to develop leadership and in my opinion a young ambitious recent grad's time would be much better invested elsewhere. I would not recommend this company or this job to a friend.

    Advice to Management

    Loosen up the terms on the relocation package agreement. Its a blatant attempt at trapping talent that goes undetected by no one. Further reduction of freedom won't build company loyalty. It will only further heighten discontent in the very group of people publicly branded as the future leaders of Textron.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Bad Management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Lead in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Project Lead in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Textron full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Not many except for work life balance.

    Cons

    No career opportunities if you are minority. It's closed door even before trying. Management is like closed group who promote their own. Management can't challenge the status quo. No innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Try to spot the hard workers with true potential instead of just friends and yes sayers. Try something new in the management.


  8. Slow process however large number of positions being filled

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Class B Outfitter in Slidell, LA
    Current Employee - Class B Outfitter in Slidell, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Textron full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    All levels willing to teach and very friendly

    Cons

    30 min lunch! Not much

    Advice to Management

    Keep being patience and willing to teach new hires


  9. Great Learning Experience

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    -Employers are willing to help the new interns under any circumstances -Provide great projects for the interns

    Cons

    -Very slow to get access to software and internet in the beginning

    Advice to Management

    Have all computer access when the interns arrive


  10. Good company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice people, place, and helpful

    Cons

    Work long hours including weekends


  11. Not the happiest environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer II in Augusta, GA
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer II in Augusta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Textron part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Being able to see the vehicle during design and build.

    Cons

    Dealing with politics of management and their poor decisions that trickle down. Most days are spent wasting time rather than accomplishing anything

    Advice to Management

    Don't promote your favorite. Promote the skills



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